For a long time, liberal Republicans and liberal Democrats like have been falsely claiming that American independents are “moderates” or liberals and that the GOP must become a “centrist” (read: liberal) party to woo them.
But factual evidence suggests that they’ve been lying. Most independents are conservatives.
On 26th February 2010, Selwyn Duke reported that:
“Ronald Reagan once said that the nine scariest words in the English language are “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” In thus opining, he was simply reflecting an American tradition that began with the Founding Fathers: a healthy suspicion of government.
And, now, despite rampant government dependency, it seems that this tradition lives on. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey shows that 56 percent of Americans consider the federal government an “immediate” threat to their rights. Not surprisingly, however, where citizens come down on the question is influenced by political affiliation. Writes CNN’s Paul Steinhauser, “only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.””
So, according to that CNN poll, 56% of ALL AMERICANS believe that the federal government is a threat to the liberties of American citizens. As many as 63% of all independents say so, as do 70% of all Republicans.
So, as this irrefutable evidence suggests, if the GOP is to win the hearts of the independents – the folks who determine the results of presidential elections – it must become a conservative party, not a liberal one. It must embrace conservative principles and limited-government policies. It must promise to reduce the size of the US government, its scope, and its budget.
Of course, independents don’t wish the US government to legislate moral principles and dictate social policies to them. And the GOP should never do so. But independents are just as conservative on fiscal affairs and big government issues as Republican voters.